Recently, Stephanie Rennolds of the Collegian staff sat down with the new academic dean of the Newton campus, Ronald A. Key.
Q: How are you feeling about your new position?
A: I love it here. I love the environment. The community is outstanding; I think students probably don’t know how much leaders love this campus.
Q: Have you ever done anything like this before?
A: I’ve been a provost and a vice president in multiple places. I’ve continued to teach for 30 years. I really like the two year model. I’ve dedicated my life to it because I feel closer to the students. If I could, I would like to move my office down to where the students and faculty are.
Q: Where are you from?
A: I’m originally from Louisville, Ky. I went to school on a baseball scholarship – they didn’t give baseball scholarships! I earned eight letters in Varsity sports and my wife is a student in medical research.
Q: Who are you out of the office?
A: I play saxophone. I once toured with Blood, Sweat and Tears and the Doobie Brothers. One thing I took up two years ago was surfing. It’s hard to surf on the Alcovy River, though.
Q: Do you have any ideas for our campus during your stay?
A: My vision is that we’ll continue to grow in enrollment. I’d like to see new buildings; we’d like to offer more space for our staff and new labs. I’d like to see an outdoor amphitheater, as well. I really want to see it. I consider this campus the gem of GPC. You won’t know this area 5-10 years from now.